None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) eOf your hand but Lehane always proves me wrong and showed me a new side of Patrick and Angie it s like he is peeling layer after layer inach book Don t know what I will get after the final bookA dark yet moving read which tells us how unpredictably dangerous people around us can be When Beatrice McReady approaches PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro to help find her missing niece Amanda the prospects do not look good But Patrick and Angie work with the local missing child unit bringing in their regular cast of colorful associates to lend their able and someti And then depression set inThis book wrecked me the first time I read it It was almost like having post traumatic stress syndrome I found myself staring blankly at the walls for days after I finished it the first time I felt like calling my sister and telling her to keep my young niece locked in the house until she was at least 25 I remember meeting a friend for beers shortly after I finished it and that he asked me what was wrong When I tried to Puta explain he was skeptical You re really this bummed over a book And yes I was that bummed over a bookPatrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro have hadnough of the crazy ass violence that has surrounded them for three novels They still run their detective agency but they re strictly doing routine jobs with no chance of anyone getting hurt They re also finally relatively happy with their livesThat changes when they get hired to look for Amanda McCready a 4 year old girl who has been missing for days The cops and media are all over it but Amanda s aunt and uncle want Patrick and Angie to join the search The detectives are reluctant partly because they don t think that they can do anything that the cops aren t doing already and partly because neither of them is anxious to sign on for what is almost surely going to be a case that 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 ends badly However the aunt s desperate reuest for help gets the better of them By thend of it all they ll really wish they would have just gone on vacationAt this point you re probably thinking Kemper you dumb bastard You read a book about a child abduction by Dennis Lehane a guy you knew wasn t Killer Games exactly Mr Giggles Were you reallyxpecting a happy nding Yes I knew it was probably going to be a depressing story but while I had braced myself for all kinds of terrible things happening to kids and terrible things do happen I wasn t ready for the banal cruelty and neglect that Lehane sprinkled the book with in regards to how some people treat their childrenAmanda s mother Helene is a barfly and small time doper who doesn t do anything really bad nough to technically ualify as abuse but Amanda was usually left to ntertain herself in front of the TV It s the tiny details that are heartbreaking like when Patrick checks out Amanda s room and finds a mattress on the floor few toys and no books of any kind not ven coloring books Or when they talk to the people on Amanda s t ball team and Cocksure everyone notes how she s the uietest kid around who acts like she s used to being ignored You d have to be one cold bastard not to be saddened by itThis is one of the best crime novels I ve read Maybeven the best But you won t be skipping down the street and whistling any time soon after you read itA Few Thoughts on the Movie VersionI was not a fan of Ben Affleck I thought he was a complete goober and that Matt Damon must have wrote most of Good Will Hunting because I couldn t imagine that Ben could read let alone write anything When I heard that he was going to be one of the people writing the adapted screenplay and directing the movie version of one of my favorite books they probably heard my screams of outrage in Hollywood When he cast his brother
Casey as Patrick I Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, exhausted myxtensive vocabulary of profanity and swore I d never see the as Patrick I EXHAUSTED MY EXTENSIVE VOCABULARY OF exhausted my xtensive vocabulary of and swore I d never see the I was definitely wrong on that one The movie version is not only one of the best crime novel adaptations I ve seen it s just an incredibly good movie period And Ben Affleck s recent adaptation of another book The Town is also a very good flick so the guy has some very real skillsWhat surprised me most is that Affleck made a couple of very smart changes from the book to the movie He revised Patrick and Angie from veteran smart ass gun fighting private detectives to a couple of kids who mostly track down people skipping out on bills That allowed him to introduce the audience to them and really gave weight to the idea that these were two characters in way over their headsAffleck also tightened up the story to the point that I d almost call it an improvement over the book s plot That s incredibly rare My only complaints are that Angie didn t come across as Angie like in the film version although she still gets one of her best Big Damn Hero moments in the film and that Bubba has a much smaller role Plus Bubba is portrayed as just a bad ass street guy rather than the one man army he is in the book but again it works perfectly with the way Affleck chose to tell the story Now that he s adapted two crime novels into top notch movies I m ready to start my own chapter of the Ben Affleck fan club Just as long as he doesn t do any Michael Bay movies Each day in this country twenty three hundred children are reported missing Kenzie and Angie don t really want to take this case A missing four year old girl that was taken from her home while her drugged out mom is supposedly next door at her friend s house watching tv The mom did not ven lock the door She was in such a hurry that she just left it open With her child inside I didn t want to find Amanda McCready I wanted someone lse toBut maybe because I d become as caught up in this case over the last few days as the rest of the city or maybe because it had happened here in my neighborhood or maybe just because four year old and missing aren t words that should go together in the same sentenceThey do nd up taking the case and team up with a couple of cops that are on the case Their old classmate Cheese may factor into the child s disappearance A drug deal gone bad where money is taken and the child suffers the conseuences Or is there to the story So many
TWISTS AND TURNS IN THIS BOOK and turns in this book just when I thought I had somewhat figured it out I got slammed against the wall This book makes you uestion right and wrongs in the world Should things be so black and white I don t know the answers to these uestions and Dennis Lehane I sorta hate you for putting all this in my head I just don t have any words for this book I was just going to throw up five stars and walk away Just read this series Hug your kids Facades no matter how well built usually come dow. Looking for them may not come back aliveSettle in and turn off the phone From its haunting opening to its shocking climax Gone Baby Gone is certain to be one of the most thrilling talked about suspense novels you read this yearDennis Lehane is the author of Sacred; Darkness Take My Hand and A Drink Before the War which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel presented by the Private Eye Writers of America and was also a Boston Globe best seller Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester Massachusetts and still lives in the Boston area He holds an MFA in creative writing. Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane is a 1999 Harper publication I must make a few confessions up front 1 I saw the movie version of this title a long time ago and it was so good I ve always wanted to read the book because of course the book is always better 2 I haven t read as many books by this author as I thought 3 This is my first foray into the Kenzie Gennaro series In fact I didn t The Three Lives of Sonata James even know this book was a part of a series until nowI make these confessions with shaking hands since I m sure my admission is tantamount to religious sacrilege to some folks but hey you have to start somewhere I was immensely curious how the book would differ from the movie since Hollywood is notorious for taking liberties and on many occasions they flub the whole thing up But surprisingly the book and movie matched up with only a few small differences All the same the book was better as I knew it would be as it paints a far detailed andmotional rendition which had me Mein Erster Mörder enthralled and gave me anven greater respect for this author When Amanda disappears her Aunt Beatrice hires the PI team of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro to find her The case winds up consuming the couple to the point of obsession always at the forefront of their lives until another child goes missingWell what can you say This was one incredible story and one that has sparked some rather heated debate in my household all of us holding strong feelings on how the situation could have been handled While there is the obvious black and white answer there are surely those among you who fall into that gray area where your mind and logic tells you one thing while your heart is telling you another But no matter which way you slice it this is one very twisty rollercoaster ride spotlighting human flaws and what one does to cope with the world and how there are never asy answers to many of life s uestions Sometimes the wrong thing feels like the right thing in a twisted way that only makes sense when you are living in that moment Those choices could backfire or not depending on the situation could lead to regret or no regrets But a tangled web has been woven and good people become unwitting pawns in a convoluted scheme and a price must be paid a very high price as it turns out This story stayed with me a long time and I still run the details over in mind on occasion still feel sickened by what happened and still feel conflicted by the decisions made When a novel really grabs you affects your motions plays tricks on your mind and breaks your heart leaving a lasting impression well that s what great storytelling is all about and this author sure knows how to weave a tale 5 stars Five stars and A Masterpiece of crime noir complex and thrilling with a difficult and courageous Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah ending As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher s blurbsummary of the book so that I don t have to repeat the basic plot I am struck by how similar Lehane s writing is to Robert B Parker s and yet how different the feeling is In Lehane the sense of pain and lossspecially of lost childhood friends weighs heavily upon Patrick and Angie and through them on us I m also very impressed with how much Lehane s prose increases in power and control with very book This is book 4 and he s already a giant Wow2% This is the introduction to a much much deeper novel This is the surface the motions we all share but it s only the beginning of where Lehane wants to go Amanda McCready had been missing for at least sixty hours by this point maybe as long as seventy and I didn t want to find her stuffed in a Dumpster somewhere her hair matted with blood I didn t want to find her six months down the road vacant yed and used up by some freak with a video camera and a mailing list of pedophiles I didn t want to look in a four year old s yes and see the death of verything that had been pure in her everything that had been pure in her Wow Down we go in Lehane s assured hands When a child disappears the space she d occupied is immediately filled with dozens of people And these people relatives friends police officers reporters from both TV and print create a lot of nergy and noise a sense of communal intensity of fierce and shared dedication to a task But amid all that noise nothing is louder than the silence of the missing child It s a silence that s two and a half to three feet tall and you feel it at your hip and hear it rising up from the floorboards shouting to you from corners and crevices and the motionless face of a doll left
on the floor by the bed It s a silence that the floor by the bed It s a silence that different from the one left at funerals and wakes The silence of the *dead carries with it a sense of finality it s a silence you know you * carries with it a sense of finality it s a silence you know you get used to But the silence of a missing child is not something you want to get used to you refuse to accept it and so it screams at you The silence of the dead says Goodbye The silence of the missing says Find me 7% Deeper still If you have kids you know this already Here is Doyle speaking But for two minutes while we re standing in this Dunkin Donuts waiting for our coffee I look at Tricia and she looks at me and both of us without saying a word know that if Shannon is dead we re dead too Our marriage over Our happiness over Our lives would be one long road of pain Nothing lse really Everything good and hopeful Black Women in White America everything we lived for really would die with our daughter 8% Do you think Trump read this Lehane wrote it in 1998 She was lonely there were no good men left they needed to put a fence up around Mexico to keep out all those Mexicans who were apparently stealing jobs up here in Boston She was sure there was a liberal agenda to corruptvery decent American but she couldn t articulate what that agenda was only that it affected her ability to be happy and it was determined to keep blacks on welfare Sure she was on welfare herself but she d been trying hard these last seven years to get off 18% Wow Very powerful and dark scene begins here Patrick lost in the terrors of his past A page or two of true brilliance from Lehane Worlds Beyond The Poles every time I looked at one of the dark windows Gerry Glynn s face leered back at me his hair soaked with gasoline his face spotted with the blood of his last victim Phil Dimassi I pulled the shades Patrick Gerry whispered from the center of my chest I m waiting for you 26% The Broussard and Poole cop show here is LOL funny Woot Especially with cats and bloaters31% Literate Lehane laced with humour I don t remember if Bubba hadver messed with Cheese or not but ven if he had Cheese was smart nough to know that when it came to warfare Cheese would be the German army and Bubba the Russian winter So Cheese stuck to Boston private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are hired to find four year old Amanda McCready abducted from her bed on a warm summer night They meet her stoned out strangely apathetic mother her loving aunt and uncle the mother's dangerous drug addled friends and two cops who've found so many abused or dead children they may be too far over the dge to come backDespite normous public attention rabid news coverage and dogged police work the investigation repeatedly hits a brick wall Led into a world of drug dealers child molesters and merciless xecutioner. ,
He fronts and battles he knew he could win 45% Nice character development Some piercing insights into Patrick s makeup and how he turns his hatred of his cruel father into a shining self discipline The crucial difference between my father and me I hope has always been a matter of action He acted on his anger whenever and wherever it beset him His temper ruled him the way alcohol or pride or vanity rules other men At a very arly age just as the child of an alcoholic swears he ll never drink I swore to guard against the advance of the red marble the cold blood the tendency toward monotone Choice I ve always believed is all that separates us from animals A monkey can t choose to control his appetite A man can My father at certain hideous moments was an animal I refuse to be 55% The anti climax of the uarry scenes are confused and drawn out a bit too long 61% I lived in Boston for ten years so Lehane s descriptions and pocket histories of the area make the stories come alive and texture them in small but important ways Here he mentions Germantown a history I never knew Very nice stuff63% one insight into Bubba s sick world of arms dealing the 100 round Calico M 110 sub machine pistol I look up most of the stuff I ve never heard of in books This is a sick little sidetrip into male obscenities The M 110 at full auto was capable of unleashing one hundred bullets in roughly fifteen seconds 71% ADVISORY Do not read the first 3 paragraphs of chapter 26 You don t need this view spoiler horrific child torture and murder hide spoiler When a little girl goes missing and her mother s brother and sister in law hire them to find her Patrick and Angela reluctantly accept Their investigation drags them through a labyrinth of lies one they will not Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland emerge from unscathedSweet zombie Jesus this is some good shit I think Lehane might be the newest member of my crime fiction Holy Trinity with Lawrence Block and Richard Stark Here s how it all went downAfter thevents of Sacred the previous book in the series Patrick and Angela have or less shacked up and have started bringing in big money When Amanda McCready s family hires them they take the case for the good of the child I thought I had an idea where the case would go but it turned out I was way off Gone Baby Gone was like walking down the sidewalk to get the mail and somehow nding up in ParaguayGone Baby Gone is the most powerful Lehane book I ve read yet I thought I was desensitized to crimes against children from rea Find all of my reviews at Even if MY world is okay THE world is still a pile of vil shit Wrong movie spot on uote Also doesn t Matt Damon have the most punchable face in all the world The correct answer is yes Yes he doesThis was a buddy read with my pal The Jeff but I can t wait any longer for his slow ass to finish so my review is going up now In all seriousness words can t Ones and Zeroes express how thankful I am that I buddied up with The Jeff for this one Let s just say I wasn t in a real good place this past week so there was no way I could have made it through without adding some levity via status updates with my pal Gone Baby Gone is the fourth installment in the Kenzie Gennaro series and covers the investigation of a 4 year old little girl who has gone missing in Dorchester Man this book was dark It s a story that w Hello darkness my old friend Having read The Grapes of Wratharlier this year I didn t think another book could top it for sheer despair Was I ver wrong It s as if at the nd of the book the Joad s drove their truck to the local abattoir and let loose on their frustrationsThe book centers on an abduction of a
Four Year Old And The Involvement Ofyear old and the involvement of Lehane s private investigator duo Kenzie and Gennaro in the attempt to recover the child It s a journey that takes the reader straight down the dark coal shoot into the blackest abyss What you find there are the baser and crueler Kluge elements of what one human can inflict upon another Reading this brought to mind James Ellroy Whereas Ellroy s noir careens into the grotesue Lehane s feels like a rasp uncomfortably repeatedly going over yourmotions till they re raw There s no reprieve from the hopelessness and despondency no island of joy to cradle in no pause for a gulp of fresh sweet airA powerful and moving glimpse into the bleakness of the human conditionI want to thank my friend Kelly for buddy reading this with me Her daily status updates kept it light Posted at Shelf Inflicted I knew this was going to be a very dark story After reading the very disturbing Darkness Take My Hand about a vicious and sadistic serial killer who knew no limits when it came to human depravity I didn t imagine it could get much worse I was wrongThough Patrick and Angie are tired of the violence and inhumanity that plagued their Hugh Hefner's Playboy, 6 Volumes (Collectors) earlier cases they agree to accept this latest case of a four year old girl who was abducted from her bed Amanda s mom Helene who is far from the perfect parent uses drugs drinks and is addicted to TV Amanda has a loving aunt and uncle who desperately want her to be found Patrick and Angie realize that a child s disappearance must be solved uickly or it will never be With the help of two detectives in the Boston Police Department who believe in their own brand of justice the denizens of their rough Dorchester neighborhood and of course Bubba Patrick and Angie plunge headlong into one of their most difficult complex andmotional cases confronting bad parenting child abuse pedophilia and murder They learn about themselves and The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources each other and discover that life and justice are not always black and white I had a difficult time putting the book down andnjoyed the growth of Angie and Patrick s relationship their feelings about children and the uestionable characters with good intentions The story left me shaken and numb and thinking about it for days It was a great movie too four year old Amanda walked out of her house in the middle of night while her mother was at neighbors watching TV and no one heard about her ven after days of search Everything came to a dead nd Amanda s aunt reuest Petrik and Angie to look for the child Patrick and Angie found a big clue about the girl s disappearance but things instead of solving gets messier and scarier Lehane wrote an xceptional story here about kidnapping drugs abuse and pain Writing is flawless and gives chills to the readers with almost real description of crime scenes
I found third book in the series to be average but Lehane bounced back superbly and gave us thisfound third book in the series to be average but Lehane bounced back superbly and gave us this knit thrillerAfter completing a book in this
series I say to myself now you know these two like theI say to myself now you know these two like the S Patrick and Angie are soon forced to face not only the horrors adults can perpetrate on innocents but also their own conflicted feelings about what is best and worst when it comes to raising children And as the Indian summer fades and the autumn chill deepens Amanda McCready stays gone banished so completely that she seems never to have xistedThen another child disappears Dennis Lehane takes you into a world of triple crosses Menace of Club Mephistopheles elaborate lies and shrouded motives where the villains may be moral than the victims the missing should possibly stay missing and those who go.